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Bender (The Core Four Book 1) by [Borel, Stacy]
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"This book is about self esteem, trust, new love, courage and friendship. You'll love it." ---Books, Chocolate & Lipgloss Audio Book Blog

About the Author

Stacy Borel is the author of Touching Scars, Ever Enough, and Always Enough, among other contemporary romance novels. She grew up as a military brat and has lived in many different places, including California; Alaska; the Azores, Portugal; and Hawaii. She currently resides in southeast Texas with her husband and two kids.

Chandra Skyye loves bringing characters and stories to life through voice acting and singing the blues. A lover of life, she spends her spare time being creative, appreciating nature, and sharing fun times with nice people and good dogs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2794 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publication Date: April 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JUC8DNK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I don't normally read YA because I'm 50 myself, but the cover model, Shawn Dawson, did a great job of marketing this book so I purchased it. The story quickly pulled me in, but the editing problems became distracting as I continued reading.

On the positive side we've been introduced to a family of strong male characters who can bring the heat. Camden reminded me of Kristen Ashley's Tatum Jackson from Sweet Dreams, as our introduction to him was as sort of an insulting jackass who quickly redeemed himself. Keegan is the strong sweet type who occasionally shows her lack of confidence, but who hasn't at that age? They kept me entertained enough that I read the book in one sitting.

On the negative side is the editing. The misuse of words is distracting. Sorted instead of sordid, your instead of you're, and other similar mistakes are numerous. Switching of tenses in the middle of sentences also occurs. And I'm still not sure why the use of birth control for the two main characters was never once mentioned because they both have unplanned pregnancies that have happened in their own families. Why was this not addressed?

I think with some polishing Ms. Borel can move beyond having a good book to having a great book, and I'll check out the next one in the series in anticipation of that happening.
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I had high hopes for this story after reading a lot of positive reviews and hearing good things on the forum. I was therefore disappointed that I personally found this to be another dud.

The story follows Keegan, a 20 yr old nursing student who had had enough of picking up her flighty mother's slack so decides to move out and get her own place. An ad at college leads her to Camden, who is looking for a roommate. She quickly moves in but it is not long until sparks start to fly between the two roomies...

So what was wrong with this book? Easier to start with what was right with it. I liked the premise of the story. On reading the sample I was interested to see how things panned out with Keegan's relationship with her mother and sister, and also liked the idea of the H and h living together from the start. I hoped this would allow for plenty of interaction and tension, but alas the author didn't deliver.

My first problem was Keegan. What a complete shrew. She was all over the place, one minute she was hating Camden, the next she was caught up in his soulful eyes, then she was miss goody two shows "violence isn't the answer" inbetween delivering slaps to anyone who annoyed her. She was actually a pretty violent character, she hits Camden, her sleazy ex, knees Camden in his unmentionables, beats up his car, threatens him with a freaking baseball bat. This is not a suitable heroine. This is someone who needs professional help.

On the whole I found her whiny, immature and I just didn't understand her behaviour or her actions. The fact that the whole book is written from her perspective was a major hindrance for me as she was just impossible to connect with.

We then come to Camden......and I got nothin'. Complete non entity.
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I really like the roomies into something more sctick, so I was looking forward to this tale. I was a bit worried about Camden after reading some of the discussion forums (he isn't so nice in the beginning)- but honestly, it's context. He says some ugly things about Keegan and then says some blunt things to her, but really, I found his bluntness to be refreshing. Keegan... Keegan needs help, now. She is going on and on and on and on about her weight, how her best friend is perfect, but she is sooooooo large, hefty, fat, etc. She has zero love for her body- only to find out everyone else LOVES her figure because it is just that awesome (for edification, she is a size ten, so you know... healthy and normal). While this self-loathing bothers me, this isn't the clincher for me in the "I can't really stand Keegan" category. She's got rage issues. Anger doesn't begin to describe it. Camden does something super nice for her and she gets ragey and decides to deface and ruin a gift he got her. Seriously? Grow up. She's renting a room from him, so now he can just say it's a fully furnished room. But no, she plans to ruin it. Then she kicks Camden's groin for.... what? I'm not sure, but hey- it's okay because he calls her a crazy woman in a cute nickname-y way. Then she slaps him in the face. All in the space of ONE DAY. This isn't cute. It isn't funny. I don't care what he said (and what he said was NOT cause for her to lay hands on him whatsoever), she should not resort to physical violence immediately as her first line of defense. This should have gotten her kicked out of the apartment or arrested. Slapping people is not empowering to women. Keegan is not a strong female character because she "goes it alone" and is "strong." She's violent and a petulant bully.Read more ›
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Ok, brief synopsis: Keegan is a college student who wants to get into a nursing program. She lives with her mother and 8 year old sister, Sarah. Her mom is gone all of the time (partying and dating) and therefore Keegan is forced to be the mom. Sarah loves Keegan and truly needs her but Keegan decides to move out so she can enjoy being a young college student. I understand, I get it. So she checks out an ad for a roommate and that is when we meet Camden and his brother, Dodger. Camden is abrasive and a little heartless in the beginning. He says some mean stuff to Keegan but she still decides to live with him.

He owns a gym people. Why does he need a roommate?? He has plenty of money. This was never explained.

There is some of that insta friendship going on between Camden's brother Dodger and Keegan. They just met and he is helping her with her confidence, telling her that she is beautiful and has a nice body. He even says things like, 'I love you girl'. But its just a friendship. He wants to train her at the gym and he just loves her sister, Sarah. I just found that insta connection to be kind of weird and unbelievable. They just met but I understand it was a set up to encourage a relationship between Camden and Keegan. Just too obvious and unnatural.

So Camden is pretty cold to Keegan and he is always staring at her which causes Keegan to feel confused. She is, of course, attracted to him because he is gorgeous. And we can already guess he is being a jerk because he likes her. Why, I have no idea. They barely talk and when they do there is all this tension and anger. But for absolutely no reason. They just met. They barely have any conversations.
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